Workforce Singapore, Facebook, Nov 21, 2018
Today in our #TransformationThursday stories, hear from Benjamin Chua, founder of Spic & Span, a local cleaning company that provides jobs to ex-offenders, displaced workers and persons with disabilities or who come from marginalised families.
Using technology and with help from the Lean Enterprise Development Scheme (LEDS), Spic & Span was able to invest in automation to make work safer and more efficient for their workers.
Workforce Singapore, Youtube, Nov 13, 2018
Jonathan Tan, NTUC Labourbeat, Feb 14, 2018
An economist by training, 30-year-old Benjamin Chua never expected to go into business, much less set up Spic & Span, a company specialising in supplying commercial cleaning services to offices in the Central Business District.
The turning point came back in 2015, when a friend working in a hotel called with news that seven older workers were being retrenched. The friend wanted to know if there was anything that he and Benjamin could do to help them. Recounting that seminal moment, Benjamin shared how they started a housekeeping company to help the workers find jobs as housekeepers in the various service apartments he got to know through his day job.
“I just took the step forward. We didn’t come in from the business angle. We came in simply because there was a group of people who needed a job and we wanted to do something. I had been volunteering for a while, but this was the first time where I felt that I could be directly involved in helping someone,” said Benjamin, who eventually left his day job in a venture capital firm to devote more attention to growing Spic & Span, which was set up in August 2015.